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2017 Opportunities

Climate Services for Alaska

Contact:
Peter Bieniek

Seeking 1 student, junior or senior in the fall of 2017.

This position is a great opportunity to work with climate scientists at UAF and the Western Regional Climate Science Center. This project will focus on specific climate products that Alaska needs right now so the student can see what it takes to execute climate science and then make it ready for the public.

This is a one-year project funded by the Western Regional Climate Center to develop climate services for Alaska. Climate services communicate the best possible climate science information to the public and include climatologies of weather parameters and seasonal forecasting tools. This project will initially focus on developing for Alaska: (1) high resolution daily to monthly climatologies of temperature, precipitation, winds, etc., (2) climatologies of aviation weather variables at airports, and (3) snow depth climate data products.

TImeline:
For the 2017-18 spring and fall semesters. Summer 2018 employment may be possible too.

Experience required:
Initial focus will be on the aviation climatology, which will require downloading weather station data, and then organizing and evaluating the data. An upper-level student in a physical sciences major who is interested in climate science is desired. Some experience with a programming language like python or C or Fortran is desired but not required, however having a willingness and ability to learn such a language on the job will be essential. GIS or other mapping skills would also be helpful but are not required.

Funding:
This position will be paid at the student assistant level ($10.50/hr)

 

 

VIrtual Reality Lab Assistants in Tok and Fairbanks

Contact:
Josh Lupinek

This position will assist UAF School of Management Virtual Reality Lab researchers in facilitating a new virtual reality research fitness laboratory within the Pogo Mine Learning Center. The goal of this project is to conduct feasibility pilot research relating to the health impact virtual reality gaming can have on rural Alaskan community fitness.

Approximately 10 hours a week during academic semesters, some morning SOM VR Lab hours, various afternoon meetings, and occasional evening SOM VR Lab Hours from 5-9pm.  There are additional opportunities for employment during academic breaks.

Funding:
Student C position in Fairbanks, click here for details.

Two additional Student C positions are available in Tok, Alaska. Click here for details.
These positions will assist UAF School of Management Virtual Reality Lab researchers in facilitating a new virtual reality research fitness laboratory at the UAF Tok Center. The goal of this project is to conduct pilot research relating to the health impact virtual reality gaming can have on rural Alaskan community fitness.

 

Geographic Information System (GIS) analysis of forest cover and climate data in Interior Alaska

Contact:
Falk Huettmann

Seeking 2 students, any year of study, willing to learn and work on GIS, climate and wildlife data.
This project provides opportunities for students to explore and work-up specific forestry and climate GIS data for birds and habitats in Interior Alaska.

Students will gain experience in learning geographic information systems (GIS, ArcGIS or QGIS), insights into landscape ecology, bird, habitat and climate management issues, and digital data skills for Alaska. Office space, hardware and software provided.

Experience required:
R skills would ideal, or at least a willingness to learn

Funding:
None provided. Students would need to seek funding from URSA Project application or find another source if they require funding. Project coordinator would help with the process.

 

 

Plant Genetics and Hybridization

Contact:
Steffi Ickert-Bond
Associate Professor of Botany and Curator of the Herbarium (ALA), UA Museum
907-474-6277 (office)

This study will expand our understanding of the role of glacial cycles in producing genetic and taxonomic diversity by untangling the complex network of divergences and hybridization events that have generated diversity in a Beringian polyploid complex.  Learn state-of-the art
molecular sequencing techniques to better understand plant biodiversity in Alaska and visit some amazing field sites in the Aleutians.


     
Ickert-Bond lab website
http://www.frontierbotany.info

Herbarium website and Facebook
http://www.uaf.edu/museum/collections/herb/
https://www.facebook.com/ALAHerbarium/

Atmospheric Science

 

Contact:
Dr. Javier Fochessato
907-474-7602
317 Akasofu Building
gjfochessato@alaska.edu
 
 
Upper level (juniors/seniors) undergraduates can apply to work with one of the following research lines:

1) Lidar remote sensing studies of microphysical properties of aerosols and clouds. 
In this research line we are working on applications of a newly developed Full Stokes Lidar. Applications to Clouds and Aerosols.
This research will be partially in the laboratory to set up the lidar receiver and perform lidar observations and, partially dedicated to run scattering codes to analyze field observations. 
Students from Engineering, Physics or Applied Mathematics are encouraged to apply.
 
2) Lidar Remote Sensing - Polarimetry and Raman Spectroscopy - . 
This project is in the construction and calibration phase. The instrument is intended to demonstrate the feasibility to simultaneously determine the fractions of ice, liquid and water vapor in tropospheric aerosols and cloud layers by means of laser spectroscopy.
The research will be in laboratory helping on instrument construction and calibration as well as in running the first set of observations. 
Students from Engineering or Physics are encouraged to apply. 
 
3) Chemical speciation and microphysical characteristics of volcanic ashes and Alaskan pollen by means of Laser Raman Spectroscopy and FT-IR microspectroscopy.
This research is to help in the determination of chemical species of volcanic ashes and Alaskan pollen through spectroscopic techniques. 
The student will run samples in the lab and then determine the chemical composition based on multiparametric non-linear fitting code developed in  Matlab. 
Students from Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry and Engineering,  Physics and Applied Mathematics are encouraged to apply. 
 
4) Changes in biogeochemical functions in boreal forest associated to extreme summer environmental conditions in high latitude. 
This research requires an analysis of large scale reanalysis data and in parallel determination of heat, moisture and carbon fluxes. 
Students from Biology, Ecology, Natural Resources and Physics are encouraged to apply.
 
5) Exploring new satellite remote sensing platforms for surface fluxes retrievals. 
This research entails processing new NASA and NOAA satellite remote sensing platforms and to explore the calculation of surface fluxes of heat and moisture. This effort has connections to Agricultural and hydrology research and to atmospheric sciences remote sensing and modeling cal/val. 
Students from Natural Resources, Engineering, Physics, etc. are encouraged to apply.

6) Use of CFD codes to compute aerodynamic performance in UAS systems
Implementation of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) solver oriented to unmanned aircraft systems development. CFD codes are used to numerically solve the fluid the around wings and aircraft body to compute lifting, drag and momentum in dynamic flying conditions and control. Familiarity with C language and Python is preferred. Students from Mechanical Engineering, Applied Mathematics and Physics are encourage to apply.
 
 

 

Entrepreneurialism - Science and Engineering Technology Development

Contact:
Mark Billingsley or Melissa McCumby
Office of Intellectual Property and Commercialization

OIPC is looking for assistance in creating a marketability report for a technology owned by UAF. The report will help figure out where it fits in the commercial market, if it's ready for commercialization, who wants to buy it, and what needs to occur before delivering the project to market. This is open to students in business, science and engineering students. You'll be expected to put in 70 hours of work and compensation of $1,000 is available.
 
UAF’s office of Intellectual Property and Commercialization (OIPC)
  • Encourage invention and innovation at UAF. Protect the Intellectual Property (IP) rights of UAF by patent, copyright, or other means. Transfer the results of UAF research to the public by bringing researchers and the business community together in a relationship of mutual advantage.
  • Generate income for future research and education.
  • Contribute to local, state, regional and national business competitiveness and economic development.
OIPC facilitates, advocates and collaborates with Faculty, Students and Staff to support an environment for invention and innovation by transferring and commercializing University intellectual assets into benefits for our region and the public good. OIPC conducts Inventors' Forums quarterly to educate the faculty, staff and students about various topics of interest like SBIR grants, areas of research development, small business development and software as a service, to name a few. OIPC encourages innovation through the annual Invent Alaska competition which offers a cash awards to the best disclosed technologies during the academic year. OIPC strongly believes that education of intellectual property and the technology transfer process is capable of creating a better employee when students enter the work force and can boost revenues for the university and speed the introduction of the results of UAF research into the market.
 
 

 

 

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